How To Become A Professional Blogger

By Ilana Morgan | Blogging

Apr 18

When you first start off blogging it may only be for fun or for a hobby. You may just want somewhere to express yourself, your own virtual piece of land. I know this is why I originally started blogging. I wanted to “belong” to an online community, to share my knowledge and to learn more. I wanted to make friends and ultimately to create an online presence I could be proud of.

But as time passes you might begin to think and act like a professional blogger without even realizing it. I read this piece on Independent Fashion Bloggers, which was a great read as it can essentially be applied to any blogging category from financial blogs to mommy blogs. I realized after reading this article that technically I am a professional blogger. Yes I still maintain a full time job in the “real world” but deep down I would pretty much give anything to be able to live off an income by doing what I love. I spend hours a week on my blog not to mention money and energy.Blogging

Basically my blog has become like a second job. I finish up my real world job and then go home to work on my blog. I spend time taking and editing photos, writing content, thinking up ideas for posts, responding to comments, commenting on other people’s blogs and responding to emails regarding my blog.

So how do you know when you are a professional blogger? Here are some signs:

  1. You make some sort of income from your blog, be it from affiliate marketing, advertising or text links. You are contacted regularly by companies who want to work with your blog.
  2. You may be sent “freebies” from time to time for review purposes or brand promotion.
  3. You treat your blog like a job and act professionally at all times. After all, online credibility is everything to a professional blogger.
  4. Social media is important to you. You may spend time on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram promoting your online brand.

So how do you become a professional blogger?

Some people may still be at the hobby stage of their blog but would like to expand into professional blogging when they are ready. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Design is the key. Many hobby bloggers don’t have the best blog designs and may even be using the standard Blogger or WordPress themes. Make sure you put some time into your design or hire a designer to create a professional and unique look for your blog.
  2. Social Media- Get out there! Market your blog anywhere and everywhere! Facebook is a great way to grow your blog as is Twitter.
  3. Commitment. You need to be committed to seeing this through and not giving up.
  4. Stay true to yourself. You may be approached by companies who just don’t “fit” with your blog. It’s ok to say no and be true to your audience.

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About the Author

Ilana Morgan is a freelance writer, blogger and magazine editor from Australia who enjoys writing about fashion, design and technology. She writes successful vintage fashion blog and loves her cat, family and cups of tea.

Bashir Ahmed April 18, 2013

Great share. Well becoming a successful blogger is not an easy task you have to hard work on your blog. Build relation with fellow bloggers and on social media sites. Blog design and quality content are the most important things to consider first.

I liked the bloggingtips.com and Zacjohnson blog unique blog design and quality content that’s a successful blogger.

Atif Imran April 18, 2013

I agree with you , An attractive template or theme plays a vital role . And Facebook just like a magnet .
By the way ,, When you had started the blogging ?

Anmol April 19, 2013

Agree with your points, Your blog should have a updated and attractive design, it shouldn’t look like your blog was designed 10 years back.

Well, I have pursued blogging as a passion for a long time now and now that I am beginning to get a hold on the nuances of it, I intend to take it up as a profession soon. I am sure these tips will help put me on the fast track to success!
Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, Ilana.

Amrik Virdi April 19, 2013

Great blog post. Indeed!

My advice to all fellow bloggers is to work hard, write useful content for readers. Promote it everywhere. There is nothing like overnight success. Blogging is the art of patience.

All the best.

Amrik Virdi

Sudipto April 20, 2013

Hey Ilana,
Nice post and Thanks for sharing these important tips with us and Yes, Social media sites is most important part for becoming a professional blogger as it helps to promote our blog and also drives traffic to our blog. We have to update our blog regularly and commitment is also an important step.

ABdul Ghaffar April 20, 2013

Every one have different object that lead to blogging. Few people want to improve English Language, Few wants to Earn at home from Blogging, Few wants to share their knowledge what they have, Few wants to pass time what they have spare and few are doing just for fun.
What is important and what is not, every person has different importance for their objectives and Aims

Prakash April 23, 2013

I think we should;d use social media for socialize our online business. It will be a better option for getting attention of different people through social media.

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